Issue: President Trump and his lawyers are stepping up their attacks on special counsel Mueller and the Department of Justice and are waging a campaign to discredit the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Action: Contact Senators Graham and Scott and Congressman Sanford. Tell them to defend the Mueller investigation and speak out against President Trump’s claims that he is above the law. (Click here for contact information.)
- It is not the president’s role to decide who has committed a crime and who should be prosecuted.
- If the president does move to stop the investigators, Congress must affirm the rule of law, the separation of powers and the American constitutional order.
- As our Senator (Congressman) you must go on record now and state unequivocally that the president is not above the law. Put principle above partisan politics. You have a responsibility to your constituents and the nation to speak out now to guarantee the rule of law and uphold the democratic principles upon which this nation was founded.
- Your place in history depends on your decision to act in defense of the separation of powers. You do not want to be remembered for groveling at the feet of a demagogue.
In a January 2018 memorandum to Mr. Mueller, Trump’s lawyers claimed that a president can not commit obstruction of justice because he has ultimate authority over any federal investigation. According to the memorandum, a president can order the termination of an investigation by the Justice Department or FBI at any time and for any reason.
More recently, Rudolph Giuliani, one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, said that Trump was essentially immune from prosecution while in office, and could have even shot James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, without risking indictment while he was president.
Mr. Trump is openly attacking Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed by Mr. Trump himself. Mr. Rosenstein is overseeing the Russia investigation and signing off on Mr. Mueller’s actions.
President Trump said that “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to pardon myself, ….” He has repeatedly claimed that the job of the attorney general is to protect the president, rather than to serve as the government’s top lawyer. He declared that the appointment of the special counsel in the Russia investigation was “totally unconstitutional”.
The New York Times states there is “a growing possibility that President Trump may act to cripple or shut down an investigation by the nation’s top law-enforcement agencies into his campaign and administration. Lawmakers need to be preparing now for that possibility because if and when it comes to pass, they will suddenly find themselves on the edge of an abyss, with the Constitution in their hands. What can seem now like a political sideshow will instantly become a constitutional crisis.”
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